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Uee in 2013
Born Kim Yu-jin
(1988-04-09) April 9, 1988 (age 29)
Daejeon, South Korea
Other names
  • Uee
  • U-ie
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active 2007–present
Agent Pledis Entertainment
Yuleum Entertainment
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 유진
Revised Romanization Gim Yu-jin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yuchin
Stage name
Revised Romanization Yui
McCune–Reischauer Yui

Kim Yu-jin (born April 9, 1988), better known by her stage name Uee (sometimes romanized as U-ie), is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known for being a former member of South Korean girl group After School from 2009 to 2017, and has acted in various television dramas including Queen Seondeok (2009), Ojakgyo Family (2011), Jeon Woo-chi (2012), Golden Rainbow (2013), High Society (2015) and Marriage Contract (2016). On May 31, 2017, Uee graduated and left After School and its agency, Pledis Entertainment and is now under Yuleum Entertainment.

Early life[edit]

Kim Yu-jin was born April 9, 1988 in Daegu, South Korea.[1][citation needed] Her father, Kim Sung-kap, is a professional baseball coach for the South Korean team, Nexen Heroes.[2][3] She has an older sister, Kim Yu-na.[4] Uee attended Incheon Physical Education High School. While in high school, she was a swimmer and competed in the Korean National Sports Festival.[5]


Uee originally desired to be an actress and went to many auditions, but she debuted as a singer first.[6] In 2007, Uee was a member of the girl group Five Girls (Hangul오소녀; RRO Sonyeo) under Good Entertainment, which also included Yubin, Jun Hyoseong, Yang Jiwon, and G.NA. The group starred in a reality show on MTV called Diary of Five Girls, but disbanded before their scheduled debut due to Good Entertainment's financial troubles.[7]

In April 2009, Uee joined the girl group After School with their single "Diva".[8][9] In July, she made her acting debut in MBC's historical drama, Queen Seondeok, which was well received and won various awards.[10] She was subsequently cast in SBS's musical drama You're Beautiful, which started airing in October.[11] Later that month, she joined the project group, 4Tomorrow, which consists Han Seung-yeon, Hyuna, and Gain; and released the single "Dugeundugeun Tomorrow" (Hangul두근두근 Tomorrow) on October 6, 2009.[12] That same year, she joined the MBC's reality show We Got Married and was paired with Park Jae-jung.[13] Uee ranked eighth on Forbes Korea's list of most hardworking idols in 2009–2010.[14]

Uee had lead roles in two television dramas in 2011. In Birdie Buddy, she played a country girl who strives to become a professional golfer.[15] The drama's director, Yun Sang-ho, praised Uee's "flawless acting", saying, "I believe actors from idol groups such as Uee and Luna improve more quickly because they have so much talent and passion".[16] In Ojakgyo Family, Uee played a university student with a difficult family history.[6] She earned praise for her natural acting and received Best New Actress awards at the Paeksang Arts Awards and KBS Drama Awards.[17][18] Uee released her first solo single, "Sok Sok Sok" (쏙쏙쏙), on June 21, 2011.[19] She also co-hosted the variety show Night After Night.[20]

Uee at an After School fan meeting in 2012

In January 2012, Uee became a permanent host on the KBS music show, Music Bank, along with Lee Jang-woo. She continued hosting the show until April 2013.[21] From November 2012 to February 2013, she starred as princess Hong Mu-yeon in Jeon Woo-chi, a historical drama set during the Joseon Dynasty. When she was cast for the role, Uee expressed her desire to be seen as a serious actor, saying "I want to do away with the 'idol singer-turned-actor' in this piece and really step up my performance".[22] During the shoot, she was praised for her ability to immerse herself in the character and give a detailed performance.[23][24]

Uee was a permanent cast member of SBS's survival variety show Barefooted Friends in 2013.[25] During the show, she performed the song "Hero" at a special concert. The song was produced by Duble Sidekick and co-written by Uee, and subsequently released on the soundtrack album My Story, My Song on August 19.[26][27] She had a lead role in the drama Golden Rainbow,[28] and received an Excellence Award at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards for the role.[29]

In mid-2014, Uee was a member of the survival variety show Law of the Jungle, appearing in the Indian Ocean episodes.[25][30] In April of that year, she told Ilgan Sports she had lost some of her passion for singing and dancing, and plans to further her acting career once she graduates from After School.[31]

In early 2015, Uee starred in tvN's romantic comedy Hogu's Love, playing a national swimming champion.[32] She was then cast in the SBS drama High Society, playing a rich heiress who hides her identity in order to find true love.[33][34][35] In an interview, Uee acknowledged that some viewers were disappointed with her performance, and she had "never been more criticized for poor acting".[36] In October 2015, Uee joined the variety show, Fists of Shaolin Temple, where the cast members received martial arts training.[37]

Uee's next drama, MBC's Marriage Contract, begin airing on March 5, 2016. She plays a single mother with a terminal illness who enters into a contract marriage.[38][39] In November, Uee starred in the MBC drama Night Light where she plays a poor woman who turns her life around with an opportunity.[40]

Uee's contract with Pledis Entertainment ended on 31 May 2017, therefore she graduated from After School. In June 2017, she signed with new management agency Yuleum Entertainment.[41] She then starred alongside Kim Jae-joong in KBS's fantasy comedy drama Manhole.[42][43]

In 2018, Uee will star in the weekend drama Husband Oh Jak-du together with Kim Kang-woo.[44][45]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Sok Sok Sok"
(featuring JR of NU'EST)
2011 64 Non-album single
(featuring Kim Jungah)
2013 Barefooted Friends: My Story, My Song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
2009 Queen Seondeok MBC young Mishil
You're Beautiful SBS Yoo He-yi
2010 My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox Art major in college cameo (Episode 5)[47]
2011 All My Love MBC Kim Yu-jin cameo (Episode 182&210)[48]
Birdie Buddy tvN Sung Mi-soo
Ojakgyo Family KBS2 Baek Ja-eun
2012 Jeon Woo-chi Princess Hong Mu-yeon
2013 Golden Rainbow MBC Kim Baek-won
2015 Hogu's Love tvN Do Do-hee
High Society SBS Jang Yoon-ha
She Was Pretty MBC Guest for The Most 20th Anniversary cameo (Episode 9)
2016 Marriage Contract Kang Hye-soo
Night Light Lee Se-jin
2017 Manhole KBS2 Kang Soo-jin
2018 My Husband Oh Jak-doo MBC Han Seung-joo

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
2009 We Got Married Season 2 MBC Cast member
2010 Night After Night Co-host
2011-2012 Music Bank KBS
2013 Barefooted Friends SBS Cast member
2014 Law of the Jungle in Indian Ocean Episodes 117 – 125
2015 Fists of Shaolin Temple
2017 Law of the Jungle in New Zealand Episodes 265 – 270[49]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 9th MBC Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer – Female (Variety Show) We Got Married Won [50]
2011 2nd Barbie & Ken Awards Barbie of the Year N/A Won
25th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Ojakgyo Family Won [51]
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Won [52]
26th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Jeon Woo-chi Nominated
2013 32nd MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Golden Rainbow Won [53]
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress High Society Nominated
23rd SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
9th SBS Entertainment Awards Best Teamwork Award Fists of Shaolin Temple Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Marriage Contract Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actress Nominated
29th Grimae Awards Best Actress Won [54]
35th MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Won


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